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Stories for May 18, 2009

Smoking More Likely to Give You Lung Cancer Today

May 18
By Tom Fudge

A UCSD Med School professor says smoking cigarettes today is twice as likely to give you lung cancer as it was in the 1960s. KPBS reporter Tom Fudge has more.

10 Tons of Marijuana Hidden Inside Onion Shipment

May 18
By Amy Isackson
10 Tons of Marijuana Hidden Inside Onion Shipment Tease photo

The Mexican military discovered ten tons of marijuana hidden inside a tractor trailer headed to Tijuana. Mexican soldiers discovered the marijuana during a routine revision at a checkpoint on the highway from Mexicali to Tijuana.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects San Diego County's Challenge to California's Medical Marijuana Law

May 18
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County's legal challenge to California's medical marijuana law is over. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case. That means next month, county supervisors will consider a plan to issue I.D. cards to medical marijuana patients.

Encinitas Beach Wins National Award

May 18
By Ed Joyce

A national beach preservation group says Encinitas Beach is the best restored beach in the country. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us how the beach earned the award.

Live from Lincoln Center: New York City Ballet's 'Romeo & Juliet'

May 18
Live from Lincoln Center: New York City Ballet's 'Romeo & Juliet' Tease photo

The New York City Ballet presents Peter Martins' interpretation of Prokofiev's beloved ballet Romeo and Juliet, from the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, with Sterling Hyltin and Robert Fairchild int he title roles. Lesley Stahl hosts.

Living with Rattlesnakes

May 18
These Days

Are rattlesnake in San Diego County becoming more deadly? We'll explore why scientists think they are, and how to prevent becoming a victim of a snake bite.

Planning for Summer Child Care

May 18
Sheila Marcelo, PBS Parents

Summer will be here before you know it. Our little ones are counting down the days until school lets out. When that happens, families will have to fill anywhere from eight to ten hours a day of child care. Summer isn't only a difficult time to plan and arrange child care, it's also the most expensive part of the year.

How to Fix a Broken State

May 18
These Days

Why are voters not interested in Tuesday's Special Election? We'll explore the politics behind ballot-box budgeting and what the outcome of the election means for the state.

Sacramento Update: Ballot Props, Budget Deficit, Legalizing Pot

May 18
These Days

What will happen if the propositions on the statewide special election ballot fail on Tuesday? We speak to Marianne Russ in Sacramento about the mood in Sacramento, and the state's options for closing a budget shortfall of more than $21 billion.

What Do You Need to Know Before Going to Polls on Tuesday?

May 18
These Days

What kind of turnout is expected for tomorrow's statewide special election? We speak to San Diego County Registrar of Voters Deborah Seiler about her preparations and expectations for the special election.

Court Refuses to Hear Medical Marijuana Challenges

May 18
Associated Press

The Supreme Court won't hear another challenge to California's decade-old law permitting marijuana use for medical purposes. The high court on Monday refused to hear appeals from San Diego and San Bernardino counties, which say the justices have never directly ruled on whether California's law trumps the federal controlled substances laws.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Los Angeles

May 18
City News Service

Southland residents were relieved today that a magnitude 4.7 earthquake that struck near Los Angeles International Airport was not "the big one.'' The quake struck shortly before 8:40 p.m. Sunday, a mile east of Lennox, a mile south southeast of Inglewood and 10 miles south southwest of the Los Angeles Civic Center, according to Caltech.

Swine Flu: How Worried Should We Be?

May 18
Richard Knox, NPR
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The new virus has caused anxiety around the world, though sufferers say it feels just like regular flu. Scientists are now asking what we've learned from this outbreak that will help if the virus comes back with a vengeance next year.

Emotional Goodbye For Afghanistan-Bound Marines

May 18
Catherine Welch, NPR
 Emotional Goodbye For Afghanistan-Bound Marines Tease photo

The Marines known as "America's Battalion" are heading to Afghanistan. They are part of the 21,000 additional forces President Obama is deploying in the administration's new strategy for the war effort in Afghanistan. The mission of these Marines will take them to places American forces have rarely been in large numbers.

Battle Over School Bond Projects Continues

May 18
By Ana Tintocalis

The San Diego Unified school board is considering how to move forward with a labor agreement that could give unions most of the jobs under a school bond measure.

Senate Bill Would Ban Smoking at all State Parks and Beaches

May 18
By Kenny Goldberg

The state senate has approved a measure that would ban smoking at all state parks and beaches in California. No other state has passed such a comprehensive smoking ban.

San Diego Has A New Riverfront Park

May 18
By Ed Joyce

San Diego has a new riverside park. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us a family with nearly a century of history in Mission Valley made it possible.

Comeback Helps Padres Get Out of Last Place

May 18
By Alan Ray, Alison St John, Nick Stoffel

North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris gives a recap of the Padres sweep over the Reds.